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Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:37 PM

Just checking in from Fairbanks - had a mild shaker a bit ago.

Guesstimates are 5.3 to 5.6 - I'd like to know all my Fairbanks area buddies are ok! We are, the cats are angry (of course) and the neighbor's almost-there shed just fell down........... sigh..... Pretty sure it was local, short and sharp with a lot of pre-and-post ringing.

Let us know if you're in trouble because of the quake; we'll try to help!

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Reply Just checking in from Fairbanks - had a mild shaker a bit ago. (Original post)
raven mad Aug 2014 OP
oldandhappy Aug 2014 #1
raven mad Aug 2014 #4
NYC_SKP Aug 2014 #2
raven mad Aug 2014 #3
NYC_SKP Aug 2014 #5
abelenkpe Aug 2014 #6
Blue_In_AK Aug 2014 #7
Warpy Aug 2014 #8
raven mad Aug 2014 #9
Warpy Aug 2014 #10
raven mad Aug 2014 #11
Warpy Aug 2014 #12
raven mad Aug 2014 #13

Response to raven mad (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:52 PM

1. be safe

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Response to oldandhappy (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:14 AM

4. You're a sweetie - thank you!

I think the origin may have been in or near the Minto Flats, with thanks to NYC_SKP for pinpointing! It's very swampy and in an area as non-mountainous as you get here in the Interior. I hope it was, because it's quite unpopulated by people and buildings, and the critters sense them before they hit and mostly get to safe ground.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:11 AM

3. Thank you!

No cable, so TV was on "Children of Dune" and spouse on headphones - the kitties decided to play freakout and hide about 1/2 minute before it hit.

We're all usually okay about this, not many people and low buildings mean the damage is, in general, minimal. This one was fast and hot, though - the adrenaline is still running, we're expecting aftershocks.

My not-DU member friends have checked in; one had a fall and possible sprained ankle, everyone else is okay. Which means my heart can slow down a bit; two who caused extreme concern are wheelchair bound. I'm taking this link to my FB page, with my thanks to NYC_SKP!

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Response to raven mad (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:20 AM

5. You're most welcome!

 

I'm glad it wasn't too bad for you all.

I live less than 8 miles from the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta quake (California) epicenter and have experienced a few shakers!

Take care!

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Response to raven mad (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:26 AM

6. Glad you're ok!

Earthquakes are scary. Hope more people check in soon. Stay safe! (from CA)

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Response to raven mad (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:43 AM

7. I saw it on Facebook.

My son-in-law's sister lives up there. I'm glad to hear you're fine. Quakes can be unnerving.

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Response to raven mad (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:34 AM

8. 5.1 but it was shallow, 15 Km down

60 miles NW of Ester, wherever the hell that is.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #8)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:45 AM

9. Ester is a little town SW of Fairbanks, about 6 miles from where my cabin is.

Haven't felt any aftershocks; it felt shallow and sharp when it hit, so didn't expect many if any. No damage - however, if same had happened in LA, it could have been bad. Few folks and less buildings up here!

Ester rocks - it's a great place with a lot of us aging hippies and some new ones, too! Home of the Malemute Saloon (open only in tourist season), Ester Gold Camp, the Ester Republic (a great little liberal periodical), the most rockin' 4th of July Parade anywhere, and 3 of my closest friends! My best friend and his husband were married there in 1999; not legally of course, but the wedding was wonderful and his mom, a Methodist minister, performed the service.

There isn't a DU'er in existence who would not love the place!

http://esterrepublic.com/Republicwelcome.html

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Response to raven mad (Reply #9)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:54 AM

10. USGS recorded one aftershock of 2.8

and that usually feels like there's a gravel truck driving by, or it did in Boston.

I know very little about Alaska, even though I have relatives near Fairbanks and down in Sitka. About all I know is it's the home of the mammoth mosquito out for blood and the damned things love my blood so I'll give it a miss.

They only live near rivers in NM and only when those rivers aren't moving fast.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #10)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:58 AM

11. A 2.8 is generally not even felt by those of us who've lived here a while -

they're too "normal". A lot of the shaking in the Interior is due to the Denali Fault. For a fault, it's fairly stable and low-level rumbly.

No mosquitoes in winter! LOL - 2 seasons, Construction and Winter. I wouldn't train it for any other place in the world.

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Response to raven mad (Reply #11)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 02:44 AM

12. Sounds like New England, 9 months of hard winter

with 3 months of bad skiing. Well, until the last 15 years or so.

I've noticed one quake out here, told all my workmates we were having a quake and nobody believed it until it was on the news. It was stronger on the other side of the mountains, strong enough to dump a coworker off the couch on her night off.

Quakes in Boston were fairly frequent and I noticed them all.

It's why when I left Boston, I got as far as NM and stayed. Except for the dozens of volcanoes labeled "dormant" instead of extinct, it's geologically stable.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #12)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 03:59 AM

13. New Mexico is a wonderful, beautiful state.

I was lucky enough to visit several years back. Awesome food, incredible scenery, and really nice folks. Literally stopped us at a couple of stoplights due to the Alaska tags on the back of the motorcycle. One nice young man insisted on buying us a cup of coffee (it was 5 a.m.) at a local diner, then proceeded to introduce us to everyone in the little place! We'd just come out of Colorado, headed south, and stopped in Raton. This was on a Sunday, and there was only one gas station; the Guard was on maneuvers and lined up at the pump - and they waved these old hippies on a motorcycle to the head of the line!

Got some great photos but all on print, and my scanner is down for the count (on a count of $$).

We did feel one aftershock, about a 2.8, a while ago (about 9, I think) but only because we were paying attention! Not worried much, the Denali Fault is quite stable for what it is. The one in 2002, a 7.9, would have leveled Los Angeles; there was one (yeah, one) broken arm and a LOT of road damage. http://www.aeic.alaska.edu/Denali_Fault_2002/

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